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Philosophical Inquiry

Volume 41, Issue 4, Fall 2017

Joby Varghese
Pages 54-59

Misguided Explanation by the Application of Screening Off Via the Principle of Common Cause

The Principle of common cause (PCC) has its significance in providing explanations of phenomena in terms of causal theories. Though the principle has its own epistemological advantages, there can be certain situations where the principle might fail. In the first part of the paper, I offer a preliminary assessment of the PCC and then I turn to make an attempt to illustrate those scenarios where the PCC might misguide us in providing explanation of phenomena in terms of common cause.

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